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I have had a lifelong love of catching catfish and… eating them! I guess my passion for catfish comes naturally, as a boy growing up on a poultry farm in Red River County; catching catfish was a way of life. Every nine weeks or so when the chickens sold, we would pack up the old 1950 International pickup with tarps, Coleman stoves, cast iron skillets, bedding, etc., and head up to a little lake in southeast Oklahoma that was chock full of channel catfish. I would begin catching bait, small perch from our farm pond, the day before. Upon arriving at our fishing hotspot, the drill was to set up camp quickly, which was easy to do. We had no tent, just tarps or, as they were called back then “wagon sheets.” Tarps on the ground with a blanket served as bedding.

Of all the Reno City meetings to see strong turnout, one would not have anticipated the Reno Parks and Trails Committee meeting to bring more than 31 guests to speak in full support of an all-inclusive park for the City of Reno Tuesday night.

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The Lamar County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Monday to adjust the payment schedule of law enforcement and detention center officers in the coming Fiscal Year 2023 in an effort to incentivize officer retention and remain competitive with other area agencies.

Lamar County Commissioners are to receive the county judge’s preliminary budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and begin budget discussions when the court meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lamar County Courthouse, 119 N. Main St.

RENO – The Parks and Trail Committee has plans for a public hearing concerning applying for a Parks and Wildlife grant to be used for park improvements that would include a playground for children of all ages and ability levels at 6 p.m., Tuesday in City Hall, 160 Blackburn St.

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The annual Texas 4-H Round-Up was held at College Station last week, June 6 to 10. This event allows all senior 4-H members, grade 9 to 12, that place first in their district, to compete at the state level against the other first place winners in each specific contest in the the 11 districts across the state.

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The City of Reno will host its fourth annual Summer Celebration Event from noon to dark on June 25 in recognition of Independence Day at Reno Kiwanis Park.

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Following controversial discussion, Reno’s City Council adopted 2018 International building codes, limited the number of animals allowed per household and appointed new committee members at its meeting Monday night.

RENO – The City Council is scheduled to hear an update from Hayter Engineering on the Standpipe project to discuss an amendment to the animal ordinance at the 6 p.m. meeting Monday in City Hall, 160 Blackburn St.

The Economic Development Committee of Reno presented its top business quarterly award June 6 to the Reno branch of Lamar National Bank. Shown accepting the honor are Greg Wilson, the president and CEO of the bank; and Branch Manager Lauren Wilson; along with committee members Archie Sims; Ri…

In a colorful series of community events, Vacation Bible School programs return to churches across the county this summer. Vacation Bible Schools are hosted by individual churches as an opportunity for kids to hang out with others their age, play games, do crafts and learn more about the Christian gospel and faith.

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After months of review, Lamar County Commissioners on Monday passed a culvert installation policy to require property owners to pay for the installation of culverts on county road rights of way.

Members of the Economic Development Committee plan to discuss filling a vacancy on the committee and ideas for development at its next meeting Monday at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall, 160 Blackburn St.

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Lamar County residents have begun receiving property valuations for 2022 from the Appraisal Board, and many have seen marked raises of more than 100% in five-year increments. The increases seem outrageous to some residents, but they still barely keep pace with towering market prices.

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Of the thirteen counties served by the North Texas Food Bank, Lamar County suffers the most from food insecurity, with a record 23% or 11,440 people lacking reliable access to adequate amounts of food. Food insecurity can range from rationing to having empty cupboards, Feeding America reports.

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The Lamar County Grand Jury handed down 18 indictments during its May session, including several aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, one of burglary of a building, another for child criminal neglect and several drug related charges.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton won his Republican runoff election against Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Tuesday even though Paxton is facing a slew of legal problems, including an FBI investigation and a trial on securities fraud charges.

In a for-women-only event at Holiday Inn Express, presenter Erick Bruno from Focused Fire Training taught 10 women the basics of firearm safety in a three-hour defensive carry course Tuesday night. The seminar covered the basics of firearm safety, methods of carry and lawful use of force.